Thursday, June 21, 2012
While most headlines about New York's 13th Congressional district race are crowded by incumbent Charlie Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, three more candidates are reminding voters that they are on June 26 ballot.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Charlie Rangel sang the praises of President Obama's new immigration policy Monday, a week before the incumbent congressman from New York's 13th District faces four opponents in the Democratic primary.
Friday, April 20, 2012
State Senator Adriano Espaillat picks up another endorsement this week, after fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and State Senator Gustavo Rivera lent their support. The Espaillat campaign announced the endorsement of the the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association in an email to reporters.
Monday, April 16, 2012
By Anna Sale
The end of Ed Towns’ career in Washington is not just about the passing of the torch in black political leadership. It also underscores the tremendous demographic shifts in Towns’ district.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
State Sen. Adriano Espaillat's decision to challenge Rep. Charlie Rangel most certainly came down to the rise of a singular culture in the district, which is now 55 percent Hispanic.
Monday, February 27, 2012
It doesn’t look like new congressional lines will be revealed any time soon.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
At a solemn but celebratory ceremony held at St. Patrick's Cathedral this morning, friends, family and former political colleagues of Hugh Carey--the man credited with saving New York City and State from financial doom in the 1970s--honored the former congressman and governor for his dedication to family and life-long service to his city, state and country.
"He saved New York City and State, and protected the honor of the whole country," former governor Mario Cuomo said shortly before the service. "He was the most effective governor in modern history."
Congressman Charles Rangel of Manhattan remembered his predecessor on the powerful Ways and Means Committee as a proud Brooklynite and American who guided Rangel during his early years in congress. "He and Tip O'Neal--anything good that I am today is because of both of them," Rangel said. "Everyone is going in and smiling. They say something like, this is a sad day and then immediately after that they say, he sure got a good run. And he did--he loved every day of life."
On the steps of the Catholic cathedral, Ed Cox, the head of the Republican Party in New York, called him a "great talent" who "just wanted to serve the state." Former mayor Ed Koch described Carey as a "an extraordinary man" and joined the chorus of admirers who lauded Carey for his singing. "He had a terrific sense of humor and was a marvelous Irish tenor," Koch said, who went on to praise Carey's ability to get political adversaries to sit together at the negotiating table.
During the service itself, clergymen and Carey's family illuminated both the personal and political--as well as the spiritual--aspects of the former governor. Edward Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, gave the homily, calling Carey a "great New Yorker and a truly great man." Carey was remembered as a deeply caring and loving husband and father to his 14 children, as well as a decorated veteran of World War II, whose work on behalf of the developmentally disabled has been overshadowed by his work saving the state.
"He was a prophet for our times, who spoke and lived the truth with wisdom and strength," Egan said.
Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were on hand, as were many of Carey's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He passed away this past Sunday at the age of 92.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
"It's A Free Country" reporter Alec Hamilton sat down with Congressman Charles Rangel ahead of his big birthday fundraising bash tonight. From WNYC:
Congressman Charlie Rangel, the third-longest currently serving Representative in the House who will celebrate his 81st birthday with a lavish fundraising gala Wednesday night, said President Barack Obama was a big influence in his decision to stay in the game: "Obama has a lot to do with the decision that I made," he said.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
If you've got a few hundred bucks to spare and the night of the 10th free, why not join the city's most prominent Democratic politicians in celebrating Manhattan congressman Charles Rangel's birthday?
The shindig will be held at the Plaza Hotel. Govenor Cuomo and both of the state's Democratic senators, Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, will join the city's top elected Ds and most of the New York congressional delegation as they enjoy a rare performance by Aretha Franklin. Guess someone isn't planning on leaving congress any time soon. More details here.
Friday, June 10, 2011
By Richard Yeh : Producer, WNYC News
Some words of encouragement for embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner from a fellow New York Democrat who's no stranger to controversy. Representative Charles Rangel said Friday that Weiner can still be an effective lawmaker but “only if the press gets off his back.”
Friday, December 03, 2010
His peers in the house have voted to censure New York Congressman Charlie Rangel; is the long drama finally over?
Friday, November 19, 2010
By Alex Leopold
I began working for Charlie Rangel in his now infamous rent-controlled campaign office in the summer of 2006 as an intern still in high school. I have continued to proudly work for him, as well as other Congressional members, ever since. I agree with District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, the greatest New York crime-buster of the 20th century, who said Rangel is being “railroaded” and that “he’s done more for the people of New York City than anybody else.”
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Nearly in tears, Rep. Charlie Rangel asked members of the ethics panel to treat him fairly.
“What the press has done to me, my family and my community is unfair,” said Rangel, saying news outlets will continue to call him a “crook.”
Rangel, never one to hold back his thoughts, said, “I thank you for this awkward opportunity to express myself.”
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The House ethics committee's chief counsel has recommended censure, to punish Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel for violating House ethics rules.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Rep. Charlie Rangel is expected to appear in person when the ethics panel reconvenes today at noon to decide what punishment the 20-term lawmaker should face for violating 11 congressional ethics rules.
While asking for leniency, Rangel remains defiant. "I knew in my heart that I did nothing corrupt nor seel my office or votes," Rangel said in a statement this morning. "How can 40 witnesses, 30,000 pages of transcripts, over 550 exhibits measure against my forty years of service and commitment to this Body I love so much?"
After a majority of Ethics Panel members recommend a punishment, it will be forwarded to the full House of Representatives to vote on the matter. How serious a punishment Rangel faces is unclear.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Jami Floyd : IAFC Blogger
An ethics panel of eight House members deliberated over two days before delivering a sad but unsurprising blow to 20-term New York congressman Charles Rangel. The 80-year-old democratic representative from Harlem was charged with 13 counts of fundraising and financial misconduct. Yesterday, he was convicted on 11 of those charges.
But not before some theatrics: Charlie Rangel refused to defend himself in the congressional ethics hearing, on Monday. Why did he walk out in protest? And what was the effect, if any?